The Estonian VR community was created in 2014 by two enthusiasts – Mario Saarik and Madis Vasser. They introduced Virtual Reality in schools and events, organized regular enthusiast meetings, trips to other VR communities abroad (e.g. Finland and Sweden), built a website, and later hosted virtual events. The heart of the community has always been the EEVR Facebook group, which includes 1200 members as of 2021 and is growing.
In 2020, Estonian Virtual and Augmented Reality Association (shortened EEVR) was officially established as a non-profit, with board members Märt Lume, Rein Zobel ja Ats Kurvet. The focus of the new EEVR is to keep supporting individuals passionate about VR and AR in Estonia but also to advocate for the interests of Estonian companies and institutions working in VR and AR. EEVR gathers people of very different backgrounds – developers, scientists, gamers, creatives, entrepreneurs, etc. It is a place to share knowledge and meet new people, which can (as it has many times over the years) lead to fruitful collaborations.
The creation of this website was supported by Year of Digital Culture 2020.